Coronavirus fake news is being fuelled by the top and bottom of society, says Australian expert

3/05/2020 10:53:00 PM

A crisis communication expert has warned the flood of fake news about COVID-19 is greater than all the fake news he's witnessed before it combined, and has potentially fatal consequences.

A crisis communication expert has warned the flood of fake news about COVID-19 is greater than all the fake news he's witnessed before it combined, and has potentially fatal consequences.

A crisis communication expert has warned the flood of fake news about COVID-19 is greater than all the fake news he's witnessed before it combined, and has potentially fatal consequences.

I can’t believe I have to say this, but please don’t drink bleach.A vial of the drug remdesivir.Flu does spread in winter — but not for reasons you might think Influenza is called a "seasonal flu".Very large text size Summary A coronavirus cluster has emerged at a Victorian meat processing facility where eight workers have contracted the virus.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020 "To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it in terms of the amount of misinformation spreading around it," says Associate Professor Adam Dunn, who leads biomedical informatics and digital health at the University of Sydney."And also I haven’t seen anything that’s had this much of a detrimental effect on people’s health and their lives as we’ve seen with this pandemic.The National Institutes of Health’s Dr." "It’s an order of magnitude bigger than all of the other examples of misinformation I’ve seen before."Winters add an extra layer of complexity because of the general increase in respiratory infections because of people being more in confined spaces," Dr Sheel said." Associate Professor Adam Dunn leads biomedical informatics and digital health at the University of Sydney.The drug, which blocks an enzyme the virus uses to copy its genetic material, has not been tested on people with milder illness.Supplied There’s never been a harder time to know who to trust and who is an 'expert'.There are more than 3.

But Associate Professor Dunn says the fake news phenomenon is more complex than misinformation simply being disseminated from the top down, or from the bottom of society up.In normal times the FDA requires “substantial evidence” of a drug’s safety and effectiveness, usually through one or more large, rigorously controlled patient studies.Because COVID-19 has symptoms similar to flu, people can brush it off as 'just a cold'.He says, at its heart, is the viral rapidity with which information can spread online today - regardless of its source.READ MORE "Examples like the studies that originally came out as a pre-print and were withdrawn that suggested that the virus was engineered in a lab in Wuhan," he says.Gilead has said it would donate its currently available stock of the drug and is ramping up production to make more."Or the weak studies that were originally published showing that hydroxychloroquine might be an effective drug."We believe that there are many people who go through COVID-19 without knowing it, mixing it up with other things," Professor Wallach said." "Those sorts of things come from small places and from the bottom, but then get quickly amplified once they reach influential people at the more senior levels.No drugs are approved now for treating the coronavirus, and remdesivir will still need formal approval."We will continue to make the decisions that Victorians expect to keep them safe.

"And, of course, if it comes from people like the leader of a country, then that can cause additional problems." Influencers should 'remain silent' on coronavirus Dr Harry Nespolon, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, says public influencers with vast social media followings - whether they be lifestyle gurus or politicians - can best serve the fight against the pandemic by acknowledging they’re not epidemiology experts and simply remaining silent on the topic.“This is a very, very early stage so you wouldn’t expect to have any sort of full approval at this point,” said Cathy Burgess, an lawyer specialising in FDA issues.What you need to know about coronavirus:."Trust is a really important part of what we’re talking about.So if you’ve got a celebrity that you’ve watched daily for potentially years, you believe that they will tell you the truth," he said.” The FDA previously allowed narrow use of a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, for hospitalised patients who were unable to take part in ongoing studies of the medication."The reality is that a lot of celebrities are not experts in healthcare.11.

They are promoting what are, in my view, very dangerous ideas.The FDA warned doctors late last month against prescribing the drug outside of hospital or research settings, due to risks of sometimes fatal heart side effects...Critically ill COVID-19 patients given hydroxychloroquine were prone to heart rhythm problems, and for many risks mounted when it was combined with an antibiotic, the studies found.Some of these could actually end up with people dying because they’ve followed that advice." READ MORE The most common conspiracy theories about coronavirus debunked Associate Professor Dunn says public susceptibility to fake news also plays a role but this can be addressed by proper crisis communication at the governmental level.She urged more people to come forward for testing.

"And I actually think that the poor quality of crisis communication that we’ve had in Australia has likely created this increasing level of anxiety and panic in the population, that would absolutely make them more susceptible to believing the kinds of misinformation that are spreading around as well." Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy and Prime Minister Scott Morrison giving a COVID-19 update.AAP Mr Dunn says the method known as 'pre-bunking' - alerting people to fake news and misinformation whilst they’re looking at it - used by Facebook has shown some positive results."There’s some reasonable evidence that that could work and I think it’s probably an appropriate approach.The risk, of course, is backlash and the potential for these things to inaccurate or to flag things inappropriately or to give us a false sense of security.You can also go directly to one of the Acute Respiratory Assessment Clinics listed below: The Alfred Hospital.

" The official Australian government information and advice about COVID-19 can be found at health.gov.au People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store.SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments.News and information is available in 63 languages at.

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Who is the top and who is the bottom of society? Does he mean the most powerful and least powerful members of society? The virus has seen the greatest parade of experts the world has ever seen, each one of the ready to jump on the gravy train and add their 2 cents worth. The Climate Change Terrorists have had their day spreading fear, hysteria, & panic. Now it is the turn of the CoronaV Terrorists. Unfortunately many of them are in politics.

The flood of any news from any 'expert' is greater than any news I have ever seen. So many experts. Well you can't expect to much from idiots

Promising COVID-19 drug will be made available in AustraliaA promising drug to treat COVID-19 will reportedly be available in five Aussie hospitals, as the US also rolls out remdesivir for emergency use. So no mention of the Chinese attempting to patent this drug? How is this information not in the article? China unleashes this plague on the world & is now cashing in on it & is complicit in helping us be deceived. You are fake news Watch the sheep line up, all waiting to get their hit of the meds. The Fauci drug..hahaha...

This weekend is giving Australia the first glimpse of winter — will coronavirus get worse? - ABC NewsExperts say there's no evidence the weather has an impact on the spread of coronavirus — but with restrictions lifting, what you do when it's hot or cold outside might. There will be multiple spikes. November2020 Hey hysterical ABC what do you base you alarmist story on. Please present exact facts Corona virus will get worse due to the Govt easing restrictions too soon

Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID-19 cluster emerges at Melbourne meat processing facility; AFL hoping for June rebootIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. Annoyingly, these tweets link to the blog, not to the story in the headline. I hate the the blog. It is simply accumulated uncurated info. I can get that here. Where is this facility?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison says COVIDSafe downloads, social distancing must continue before wind-back of COVID-19 restrictions, Australian death toll stands at 93World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended waiting until January 30 to declare a public health emergency. Follow our live coverage: Tedros is from the Ethiopia Tegrey People Libration Front, A terrorist group backed by China People’s Libration Army. Isn’t funny that China sent a terrorist as head of WHO There is no public health emergency anywhere with this virus. There are public health emergencies with 228 million malaria cases, 1 bn cases of flu every yr., hepatitis, cholera, starvation are public health emergencies, this virus is a blip

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison says COVIDSafe downloads, social distancing must continue before wind-back of COVID-19 restrictions, Australian death toll stands at 93If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison says COVIDSafe downloads, social distancing must continue before wind-back of COVID-19 restrictions, Australian death toll stands at 93There were five new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in NSW yesterday, including two locally-acquired cases from a known source, two from an unknown source and one case that is still under investigation. Follow the latest coverage here- timing is interesting To put things in perspective, that's 0.000066312% of the NSW population. Perspective matters. Don't worry NSW you're doing better than VIC which recorded a SHOCKING 8 new cases, which is 0.000122511% of their population. Quaking in my boots here! MediaVirus endthelockdown Good to see BradHazzard and NSWHealth being so forthright about the NZWarriors flying in to NSW .. Maybe the warriors should have just come in by boat , he and NSW Health seem to be far more relaxed when you turn up that way ..